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2022 Top Forty Under 40 Mover & Shaker Honoree:
Office of Accommodations and Accessibility at Marist College
Maryellen Guardino was born in Manhattan and lived in Queens before her family moved to Hazlet, New Jersey, where she grew up. She attended Marist College and works at Marist as the director for the Office of Accommodations and Accessibility. The Marist Office of Accommodations and Accessibility works to empower students with documented disabilities to be independent learners. Guardino and her team ensure that these students have the appropriate accommodations and services needed to access the full potential of a Marist College education. Guardino works directly with students and faculty. Guardino has always had a passion to work with students with disabilities, and she majored in psychology and special education while in college. “I enjoy helping others and want to see students with disabilities excel in the college environment,” she said. “I enjoy working in the higher education setting and hope to advance professionally as I grow in this field.”